Myrtle Beach resident Roberto Diaz has one more chance this week to graduate to the PGA Tour.
He has full status on the Web.com next year based on his finish of 51st on the Web.com regular-season money list, and is entered in the $1 million season-ending Web.com Tour Championship at Atlantic Beach Country Club in Atlantic Beach, Fla.
The Tour Championship is the fourth and final event in the Web.com Tour Finals, and the top 25 on the Finals-only money list earn PGA Tour status. With $180,000 going to the winner, Diaz would earn 2017 PGA Tour membership with a win this week and has a chance with a finish near the lead.
The Mexico native and USC Aiken graduate is coming off a tie for 24th in the third Finals event on Sept. 25, shooting a 4-under 280 at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course following a missed cut and tie for 61st in the first two playoff events – the DAP Championship in Ohio and Albertsons Boise Open in Idaho.
The top 25 on the Web.com regular-season money list have already earned PGA Tour status next year but can improve upon their status in the Finals, which combine Nos. 1-75 on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list and Nos. 126-200 on the PGA Tour’s FedExCup points list.
The Tour Championship has a star-studded field, with several big-name players trying to regain full PGA Tour status.
The field includes two-time major champion Angel Cabrera, nine-time PGA Tour winner Stuart Appleby, five-time tour winner Jonathan Byrd and four-time tour winner Camilo Villegas.
Young rising stars in the field include trick-shot sensation Wesley Bryan of Columbia, who already has three Web.com Tour wins this season, former U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau, who tied for fourth in his pro debut in April at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, former Alabama star Bobby Wyatt, Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Sam Saunders, the grandson of the late Arnold Palmer.
Emiliano Grillo of Argentina won the Web.com Tour Championship last season and went on to win this past season on the PGA Tour and finish 11th in the FedExCup standings.